Shingle driveways: The solution that won’t break the bank

February 20, 2023


If you're looking for a cost-effective and practical way to improve the exterior of your property, then shingle driveways might be the perfect solution. At CJ Garden Services, we offer a range of landscaping services, including installing high-quality shingle driveways designed to meet your specific needs.

Why choose a shingle driveway?

Shingle driveways have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to their many benefits. Firstly, they are a cost-effective option compared to other driveway materials such as resin or blocks. Not only that, but they are also easy to maintain, making them a practical choice for homeowners who want a hassle-free solution.

Four benefits of shingle driveways

  1. One of the key advantages of shingle driveways is their excellent drainage properties. They allow rainwater to drain away quickly and efficiently, reducing the risk of flooding or standing water on your property. This is not only good for your driveway, but it also helps to protect your home and garden from water damage.

  1. Another benefit of shingle driveways is their security features. Due to the nature of the material, it's almost impossible to approach a property without making a noise. This makes shingle driveways an excellent deterrent against burglars or intruders. 

  1. If you plan to install a resin or block driveway in the future but need an interim solution now, shingle driveways are a great stop-gap solution. They provide a solid foundation for your driveway and can easily be replaced when you're ready to upgrade.

  1. Finally, shingle driveways are also ideal for vehicles. When installed to a high standard, you will have a stable and firm surface that won't sink or create potholes over time, which means that your driveway remains in excellent condition for years to come.

Three myths about shingle driveways

Won’t it be like driving on a beach? 

Whilst a poorly installed shingle driveway may result in the sinking feeling of driving on to a beach, that’s not the case when your driveway is installed to a high standard. All shingle drives installed by the CJs team are created using the appropriate base and the “Goldilocks” thickness of stone - not too much and not too little!

Will the neighbourhood cats use it for a loo?

The secret to preventing your new shingle driveway from becoming popular with the local feline population is choosing the correct grade of shingle. If you use too fine a grade of stone, it’ll be kitty heaven!

What about weeds?

Like us, you have probably seen shingle driveways looking somewhat shabby with weeds poking through. 

There are two things you need to consider to avoid this happening to your driveway. 

  1. A suitable weed membrane beneath the shingle will go a long way to prevent weeds from growing.
  2. Weeds are incredibly resourceful and naturally spread on the wind and via birds and other wildlife. Therefore,  you should expect to invest a little time pulling up small weeds that still manage to spring up. The good news is that they will be easy to pull out as they won’t be able to root too deeply if you act swiftly. 

How CJ Garden Services can help 

At CJ Garden Services, we take pride in delivering high-quality landscaping services tailored to your requirements. If you’d like to learn more about installing a shingle driveway for your home or business, contact us today.